With the release of the Altiplano Ultimate Concept, now commercially available, Piaget has raised the stakes in ultra-thin watches – and the question of whether makers have reached the limit of what is physically possible.
Articles on the subject: History & Masterpieces
Opened in 2006, Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers department is something of a world apart. It renews with the tradition of bespoke watches and one-of-a-kind pieces, offered as a service to collectors.
A classic among watches, instantly recognisable by the logo on its bezel, the Bulgari Bulgari marked the Italian firm's arrival as a watchmaker. Four decades later, it remains an icon of style.
Of all the inventions that have helped improve the precision of mechanical watches, none is more important, or less well-documented, than the development of the regulating organ. To help bridge that gap, we retrace the history of escapements from the earliest devices to the very latest silicon regulators. Part two: from the invention of the balance spring in 1675 to the detached lever escapement in the 1770s.
Appointed chief executive in 2000, three years after joining the brand, Angelo Bonati spent 17 years at the head of Panerai which, from its beginnings in Florence, is now a firm fixture of Swiss watchmaking. This "sweet seventeen" crowns one of the sector's biggest successes in recent decades. A testimonial to Mr. Bonati as he retires from the brand whose fortunes he admirably steered.
Between 1892 and the end of the 1970s, Audemars Piguet produced 550 complicated wristwatches. They are documented in an impressive new book, which also narrates the Manufacture's efforts to safeguard this grand tradition.
Launched in 2012 by the hydro-mechanical watchmakers at HYT, the H1 is the first wristwatch with a fluid time display. Inspired by the pharaohs' water clock, this out-of-the-box project is science, technology, art and design rolled into one. Here's how this unconventional watch came to be…
Following in the footsteps of Antide Janvier, François-Paul Journe has mastered the phenomenon of resonance, but in a wristwatch. This has been a slow process that began 35 years ago and gave us the first Chronomètre à Résonance F.P. Journe in 2000.